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  • Blog Post: Opinion – Why Naughty Dog Shouldn't Make A Sequel To The Last Of Us

    I beat The Last of Us a couple weeks ago, but that adventure is still ringing through my head like a brass bell. The game easily sits on my list of the five greatest games from this generation, and yet, I don't think I want to see a sequel. This opinion originally published on July 15, 2013. (The... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – The Last Of Us

    Some of the recent entries in our Essentials series have steered back into earlier eras of gaming, including looks at Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid . But today, we’re considering a much more recent project. While The Last of Us has only been out for a couple of years, its poignant storytelling... More
  • Blog Post: The Incredible Swan Songs Of The Wii, PS3, And Xbox 360 Generation

    The last generation of consoles might have been the strongest yet. We not only got amazing games at retail with far grander ambitions than ever before, but we also saw online marketplaces emerge to give us even more variety and instant access to games new and old. As usual, the end of a generation brought... More
  • Blog Post: Charting Progress: The History Of Animation At Naughty Dog

    Josh Scherr has worked at Naughty Dog for nearly fifteen years. Joining the studio to help animate Jak and Daxter, Scherr has had a front-row seat for the evolution of Naughty Dog's animating process. While he has now shifted roles and is helping write Uncharted 4: A Thief's End ( you can watch... More
  • Blog Post: How Uncharted 4 United Nolan North And Troy Baker

    With our February cover story on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End , we take a deep dive into the world and gameplay of Naughty Dog's next adventure. While we learned a lot from the developers , we also spoke with the actor who has helped create the character of Drake: Nolan North. Joining North in... More
  • Blog Post: The Last Of Us Leads Geek Out Over Creators Of Ico And Resident Evil

    When visiting game studios during our cover story visits, one constant refrain is developers citing the influence of Ico on their concept of game design. We've spoken with David Cage about it in the past, and Naughty Dog's game director Bruce Straley and creative director Neil Druckmann discussed... More
  • Blog Post: Kim Wallace’s Top Five Games Of Last Generation

    Storytelling has always been very important to me in games; it’s what keeps me hooked and immersed. I’ve often looked at the narrative as the great pay-off for all my hard work to complete a game, so it’s no surprise that the list below features games that told memorable tales. One... More
  • Blog Post: Ben Reeves' Top Five Games Of Last Generation

    Looking back, this last console generation might have been the best time to be a gamer. The lineup of titles on the PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii provided some of my favorite gaming experiences to date. Here's a roundup of which titles top out that list. 5. Mass Effect As a kid, my entertainment diet was... More
  • Blog Post: Jeff Marchiafava's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

    In the interest of starting my list with an original introduction, I'm going to say that picking just five games out of an entire generation of awesome titles was super easy. I definitely didn't obsessively stare at my list of candidates and argue with myself like a crazy person for hours on... More
  • Blog Post: Matt Helgeson's Top Five Game Of The Last Generation

    It was the longest console generation in history, beginning with the release of the Xbox 360 in 2005 and generally ending in the fall of last year. Looking back, it also may have been the best. With three successful consoles, there were more games than ever before, and console game designers finally... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Deranged Video Game Villains

    Video game villains are compelling for a variety of reasons. Some have great power and abuse it for their own means; others are simple rivals, meant to provide extra drive toward your ultimate goal. These enemies can be daunting, but rarely achieve that feeling of pure evil. Pure evil can be hard to... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - Is It Worth Getting Excited About The Next Wave Of Video Game Movies?

    I always get a little more excitable when San Diego Comic-Con rolls around. While I love reading about the intricate booths and seeing pictures of fans’ meticulously constructed cosplay outfits, my favorite thing to do is read panel recaps. Since the four-day event has evolved into a celebration... More
  • Blog Post: Why Narrative Disconnect Is Worth Talking About

    If Lara Croft is just a girl trying to survive, why is she so good at remorselessly mowing down bad guys? If Nathan Drake is a charming, relatable everyman, how should we feel about the fact that we control him as he kills hundreds? As video game storytelling has improved, the idea that gameplay design... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 8/15/14

    It's the weekend again! We're also sad to say that this is the last Weekend Warrior you're going to be seeing from this summer's team of interns. Though we're sad to say goodbye, that doesn't mean we're ever going to stop playing video games – and this weekend is not... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Action Games Of The Generation

    The last console generation was packed with some of the greatest action games of all time. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4's life cycles were longer than any consoles before them, allowing developers to become more familiar with the powerful tech and deliver better and better games. Imaginative new... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber — The Last of Us Remastered Edition

    Last year, Naughty Dog released The Last of Us, a post-apocalyptic survival game that didn't pull any punches. Not only was the game's crafting system and combat were highly engrossing, but it's story still resonates with players even a year later. Not surprisingly, this survival tale looks... More
  • Blog Post: Should The Term "Survival Horror" Die?

    I’ve always considered myself a big survival-horror fan, but the more I thought about it, the less I understand what the term “survival horror” even means – especially in this day and age. I had a conversation with Game Informer’s resident horror expert Tim Turi to find... More
  • Blog Post: A Candid Interview With Evan Wells And Christophe Balestra

    Naughty Dog - the legendary studio behind The Last of Us, Uncharted, Jak and Daxter, and Crash Bandicoot - has been in the headlines the last few months, but for all the wrong reasons. A reported exodus of key team members has people wondering about Naughty Dog and the future of Uncharted. Game Informer... More
  • Blog Post: The Art Of Endings: Tales Of Ending A Game

    Endings are tricky. A good ending can resonate with you long after you’ve finished an experience and live on in your conversations and memories. However, an unsatisfying one can cast a cloud over an otherwise solid story. So much can hinge on a finale that writers often struggle to bring everything... More
  • Blog Post: Editorial: The Difference Between Story And Fiction

    I’m a big fan of rich fictional backdrops to a video game. Even when those features aren’t necessarily central to the potential of the action or gameplay, I find myself hungering to know more about the world behind the game – the role-playing gamer and fantasy novel-reader in me enjoys... More
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